Event #50: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Event #50: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Day 1 completed

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

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Kevin Schaffel us 178,900
Alex Freiberg us 138,900
Kevin Boudreau us 137,300
Jonas Entin 118,200
Jarred Solomon za 104,800
Dan Shak us 100,800
Gary Bolden us 99,600
Javed Abrahams gb 92,700
John Barch us 89,600
Mark Eddleman us 87,100
Robert Campbell au 86,700
Matt Lefkowitz 83,400
Yadin Shemmer 77,200
Salvatore Bonavena it 76,400
Annette Obrestad no 73,600
Jonathan Zuchowski 69,400
Franklin Grigsby 68,500
Laurent Leclerc 66,700
Philippe Dauteuil ca 65,700
Jason Lavallee ca 64,900
Matt Glantz us 64,700
Micah Smith us 64,400
Joshua Ladines us 64,400
Benny Spindler de 63,200
Nam Le us 63,000

Bag It Up

There were 460 players who entered Event #50: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. They filled the blue section in the Amazon Room and by the end of the night less than half remain. Daniel Negreanu, Chad Brown, Vanessa Selbst, Marco Traniello, Erick Lindgren, and JP Kelly (who was multi-tabling this event and Event #49: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em), among others all started the day with hopes of making the second day of this event, but those hopes were dashed as they all exited toward the rail throughout the eight levels of play.

A prize pool of $2,162,000 was generated and 45 players will make the money tomorrow, with 45th place taking home $10,226. First place, along with that coveted gold bracelet, will take home $508,090. Among the players that will see Day 2 are Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Jason Mercier, Lex Veldhuis, Phil Hellmuth, and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.

Our chip leader going into Day 2 is Kevin Schaffel with 178,900. Alex Freiberg is behind him with 138,900 and Kevin Boudreau is sitting with 137,300. We'll be back at 3:00 p.m. local time along with the just under 200 players left in this event, covering all the action of what is sure to be an action packed day. See you then!

Massive Confrontation, Baby

The table was down to its very last hand of the night when its two biggest stacks got into a pot-repot war on a {7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{5-Clubs} flop. Kevin Schaffel just had Scotty Nguyen's 80k covered when they got it all.

Schaffel: {q-Spades}{j-Spades}{7-Spades}{7-Clubs} for top set
Nguyen: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{5-Spades} for the queen-high flush draw

Boom, baby. The {4-Clubs} on the turn made Scotty's flush. But uhoh! You don't get to the November Nine without hitting miracles. The {5-Hearts} on the river gave Schaffel a boat. He eliminated a stunned Scotty and jumped into a decisive chip lead with 178,900.

Tags: Kevin SchaffelScotty Nguyen

Mercier Doubles at End of Night

On one of the final hands of the night, Jason Mercier limped in before Ted Lawson raised it up. Scotty Nguyen was among one of the three callers. Mercier then moved all in putting his tournament life on the line at the very end of the night. Lawson then moved all in over the top. Nguyen and the others folded and the cards were on their backs.

Mercier: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}{q-Spades}{8-Spades}
Lawson: {k-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{k-Spades}{6-Spades}

The board came down {2-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{a-}. The river was meaningless as Lawson was drawing dead. Mercier's stack saw a growth to 38,000 while lawson dipped to 6,000.

Tags: Jason MercierTed Lawson

Matusow Gets the Schafft

Kevin Schaffel raised preflop, and Mike Matusow three-bet to 4,100. Schaffel called, and they went heads up to a {k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{8-Clubs} flop. Schaffel checked, and Matusow checked behind. After the {5-Clubs} on the turn, Kevin bet 6,000, and Matusow made the call. Schaffel made another big bet - 15,000 - after the river fell the {4-Spades}. Matusow took a solid four minutes to slide the calling chips across the line. When he did, Schaffel tabled {k-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{3-Spades} for a rivered two pair. Matusow was livid that Schaffel had rivered him, but there was nothing he could do but splutter. Schaffel is up to 88,000 while the Mouth fell to 38,000.

Tags: Kevin SchaffelMike Matusow

No Peeking

The board read {6-Hearts}{10-Spades}{4-Spades}{a-Diamonds} when we walked up to the pot and Tom Dwan had moved all of his chips in the middle against Yevgeniy Timoshenko.

Timoshenko went in the tank and as he was thinking, Dwan sat there stone-like. Finally Timoshenko asked, "Can I see the river?"

Annie Duke looked up from the game she was playing on her phone and said, "No."

"Are you sure," Timoshenko asked. "Yes, you can call the floor." Timoshenko folded his hand and Dwan started stacking his chips, when Timoshenko looked through the deck that the dealer had placed on his left.

Dwan took his cards and slammed three down, {9-}{3-}{7-}.

Tags: Annie DukeTom DwanYevgeniy Timoshenko

Parker Pays off Mahmood

The flop fell {a-Hearts}{j-Spades}{7-Clubs}, and Ayez Mahmood got all of chips in the middle against opponent Brock Parker.

Mahmood: {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for top two
{k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Spades} for a wrap draw

The {2-Clubs} took a few outs away from Parker, and the {a-Clubs} gave Mahmood aces full of jacks for a full double up to 50,000. Parker was left with 18,000.

Tags: Ayez MahmoodBrock Parker